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October 2011


THIS MONTH IN QUARTERHORSE HISTORY

01Oct04: 2nd BCT commences Operation Baton Rouge, Samarra, Iraq.
06Oct95: 1/4th Cav deploys to Bosnia with 1st Armored Division. Operation Joint Endeavor.
06Oct66: Operaton Tulsa begins, RVN.
07Oct65: 1/4th Cav Units (-) de-embark with 1st Inf Div units at Vaug Tau, Rvn. Carried by truck to Bein Hoa to marry up with TOE Equipment.
12Oct65: 1/4th Cav Troops placed at: HHT - Phu Loi; A Trp - Lai Khe; B Trp - Phuc Vihn; C Trp - Phu Loi; D Trp (Air) - Phu Loi.
14Oct96: 1/4th Cav returns to Germany from Bosnia.
15Oct96: Operation Shanendoa II ends 1967. RVN.
16Oct70: 3rd Brigade Redesignated 1st Inf Div (Fwd) Sheridan Dasern, Germany.
16Oct66: Operation Tulsa ends. RVN
16Oct66: Operation Shanendoa I begins - RVN.
19Oct96: 1st Inf Div Covering force moves into Bosnia, Operation Joint Endeavor.
20Oct65: Operation Teakettle, 1/4th Cav, begins. RVN
22Oct97: 1st Infantry Divsion transfers authority for mission in Bosnia to 1st Armored Div. Tuzla.
25Oct65: Operation Bushmaster, 1/4th Cav, begins. RVN.
29Oct67: Operation Shenandoah II, major battles around Loc Ninh, RVN.
31Oct68: Battle of FSB Rita. B Troop. RVN.


OCTOBER IN QUARTERHORSE HISTORY

The War: Death Among the Rubber Trees (Battle for Loc Ninh)
Friday, Nov. 10, 1967
The district town of Loc Ninh, some 70 miles north of Saigon, was a company town and, until last week, a tranquil and prosperous one. Most of its 10,000 inhabitants worked for a giant French rubber plantation, the Societe des Caoutchoucs d'Extreme-Orient, whose trees marched away row upon row, mile after mile, across the low hills toward the Cambodian border.
Overlooking the town stood the red-roofed villas of the French plantation managers. Tropical flowers climbed their villa walls from green lawns, and their country club boasted a large swimming pool and a red-clay tennis court —the remnants of a prewar colonial past.
The wartime present in Loc Ninh was embodied in four understrength Vietnamese irregular force companies and an American Special Forces unit, both of which were assigned to guard the town's airstrip and the district sub-sector headquarters, a rambling set of old French buildings and bunkers ringed by concertina wire and crowned by an improbable, rickety observation tower. Down the airstrip from the headquarters (see map) was an only slightly more substantial, diamond-shaped Special Forces camp, its walls made of logs and earthworks like something out of the old American West. To the Viet Cong's main-force 272nd and 273rd Regiments, assigned the task of spoiling South Viet Nam's inaugural week with a major victory, Loc Ninh must have seemed an ideal target: a district headquarters defended by underforce irregulars and a handful of Americans, close both to the Viet Cong's source of supplies and to the sanctuary of the Cambodian border only nine miles away. They were wrong: in a week of fighting, the Viet Cong suffered their biggest defeat since the twelve-day battle around Khe Sanh last May, when they lost 1,200 men.
The Viet Cong struck just after midnight one night last week, pouring a rain of rocket and mortar rounds on the Special Forces camp and on the sub-sector compound. Part of their 273rd Regiment roared into the undefended town itself, took it over and used its dispensary to treat Viet Cong wounded. At the same time, other elements of the 273rd attacked the subsector compound from the north and west, filtering through the gloom of the rubber trees and throwing themselves against the guns of the 105 men inside.
Despite bombing and strafing by U.S. jets and helicopters zooming in to aid the defenders, the headquarters soon appeared doomed. Punching through the wire, the Viet Cong raced from building to building, setting each afire. They silenced the bunkers one by one, dropping grenades through their slits. Soon only the command bunker and one other were still firing back, and in the command bunker Captain Tran Minh Cong and his twelve men were running out of ammunition. So Captain Cong radioed for Vietnamese army artillery to zero right in on his bunker. The artillerymen were reluctant to do so at first, but Cong, as he explained later, was unworried: "This is the best bunker in Viet Nam, even if you hit it with a B-52." Thereafter, every time the Viet Cong swarmed over the bunker, fused shells set to go off in the air blasted them. By dawn, a South Vietnamese relief company, helilifted to the rescue from Phu Loi, 60 miles away, was able to launch a counterattack out of the Special Forces camp. They drove the Viet Cong back into the rubber trees, forcing them to leave behind more than 100 of their dead. Bleeding White Sap. Meanwhile, the U.S. 1st Division's reaction force was moving in reinforcements. The first to arrive were two helilifted batteries of 105-mm. howitzers and two rifle companies, the vanguard of two battalions. A third battalion later followed and began sweeping the rubber groves east of Loc Ninh. It proved an eerie enterprise. Moving down the corridors between the evenly spaced, parallel rows of trees, the troops were frequently brought up short by jungle birds whose screeches mimicked the whine of bullets. The almost purple earth underfoot teemed with a fierce breed of red ant whose bite meant torment. But the battalion soon did some tormenting of its own. Running into a company of Viet Cong, it killed 83 in a four-hour firefight that left the bullet-punctured rubber trees bleeding white sap.
Despite their heavy losses, the Viet Cong tried again next day, this time attempting a two-pronged attack from the east across the airstrip runway. It was a disastrous tactic; a howitzer at the south end of the field was in a position to fire right down the runway—"like shooting down a bowling alley," as one of the gunners put it. As the Viet Cong, 30 and 40 at a time, tried to sprint across the strip, the big howitzer shells exploded in their midst. The gunners fired off 575 rounds during the battle, blistering the paint on the lone gun's barrel. Helicopter gunships laced the Viet Cong from above with their mini-guns, and Air Force jets made one screaming run after another, dropping anti-personnel bombs. The few Viet Cong who survived the lethal gauntlet to reach the strip's west side were caught in a murderous crossfire between the Special Forces camp and the subsector compound. Again, more than 100 Viet Cong died.
Douse That Light! Next day was the only quiet one in Loc Ninh's bloody week. The Vietnamese irregulars dug huge pits for the Viet Cong dead, washed their clothes in the French Club's swimming pool and helped themselves to the wine cellar. Because the Viet Cong had returned each night to occupy the town itself for a few hours, the villagers were evacuating it by the thousands. To try to build up their morale, the 1st Division sent in medics and armored personnel carriers, and the division band went oompahing through the streets in full battle dress, brass horns gleaming in the sun. The effort was unsuccessful. Understandably frightened by the ferocity of the battle, the villagers continued to stream southward, their possessions on their backs. By week's end Loc Ninh was virtually a ghost town.
To the surprise of U.S. commanders, the Viet Cong stayed around despite their losses. Next night the fighting resumed, in perhaps as weird a contact as either side has made in the war. About 8 p.m. a group of men walked through a U.S. company's command post, one of them with a flashlight in his hand. "Douse that light," snarled a U.S. sergeant major, at the same time noticing that the offender was wearing black pajamas and carrying a Chinese AK-47 gun. But the group kept right on walking, and it was several startled seconds before everybody started firing. Four of the Viet Cong were captured, one by a young lieutenant who hit him with a football body block and a right to the jaw. Later that same night, the Viet Cong massed among the trees for another attack across the runway but were driven off by U.S. jets. Still another large force of Viet Cong tried to overrun a U.S. battalion positioned west of Loc Ninh; they were forced back in bloody combat, suffering 200 dead.
By the fifth day of the battle for Loc Ninh, the enemy had lost more than 900 men in their frantic, futile efforts to seize it. Allied losses were fewer than 50 dead.
The following was submitted by Alan Benoit. BB

Part of the report by 5th Special Forces on Loc Ninh in Oct-Nov 1967.

They don't mention Units but only 1st Inf Div Units. Does mention Units Airlifted in which was the ACAVs from C troop. The Tanks had to use the road to get there.

There were additional contingency plans: camp defense plans and camp alert plans. Effective communications were maintained throughout the attack on Loc Ninh. Internal communication was excellent, as was external communication to higher headquarters. Even after the discovery that the outside antennas had been destroyed in the attack on Loc Ninh, communication was immediately regained by switching to the underground emergency antennas.

All requests to higher headquarters were met promptly. The flare ships and Spooky were on the scene of battle within twenty-five minutes after their summons and they remained on the scene as long as they were needed. Forward air controllers, air and artillery support were outstanding. No requests for reinforcements were made to higher headquarters, but as the fight developed over the next several days, Vietnam Army units and the 1st Brigade of the 1st U.S. Infantry Division were airlifted into Loc Ninh. Logistical support was superb. Requests to higher headquarters for supplies and equipment were handled with immediate dispatch. Medical evacuation was swift once daylight came and the fighting abated. All reports were submitted to higher headquarters according to the standing operating procedure, and all deserving individuals were recommended for awards of valor.

Enemy pursuit, aside from the civilian irregular relief column dispatched to the Popular Forces compound, was left to the 1st U.S. Infantry Division in and around Loc Ninh. There were reports that the enemy was fleeing in all directions in a disorganized manner. Initially the enemy withdrew to the west of Loc Ninh, but heavy contact with U.S. and CIDG units diverted the Viet Cong to the north, northeast, and east. A trail survey later revealed that the enemy withdrew in battalion-size or larger units primarily northeast toward the Cambodian border and due east to the Bu Dinh Secret Zone.

A confidence bred of demonstrated ability created in the ranks of Civilian Irregular Defense Group troops a conviction that they could win against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars. With this conviction the transition to the offensive was complete.

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Below is a photo of the Air Base at Loc Ninh. C Troop, 1/4th Cav was set up near the air field at the bottom of the photo.

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Battle of FSB Rita - 1 Nov 68 - As told by David Seal and Others


This version of the battle assembled by David H. Puckett, Sr. Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment


Fire Support Base Rita was positioned at the edge of the rubber plantation about 3.5 miles southwest of An Loc, some 55 miles north of Saigon and 15 miles northeast of Tay Ninh. The Cambodian border lay within four miles, to the northwest of the FSB, forming a salient known from the trace on the map as the "Fishhook." On 18 October the 1st Brigade initiated operations supported from FSB Rita to interdict enemy supplies and reinforcements moving into Vietnam from Cambodia. During the night of 31 October-1 November 1968 an enemy regiment mounted a determined assault on FSB Rita.

In a war covering an entire country and spanning more than ten years, it is inevitable that many battles are merely glossed over by the writers who find themselves charged with preserving history for future generations. If something major didn't take place, little attention was paid to recording details. It is possible that hundreds of battles could even be forgotten, and a true picture of actual battles and events would never be possible. When after action reports submitted by all elements involved in a battle tell a different story and vary in details as to what really happened, history is left with a dark hole, an unfinished chapter. If we are lucky - and haven't foolishly wasted too much time - the source we turn to in such cases are the soldiers who were at the battle. For as we all know, in a soldier's mind, no battle is insignificant when it involves themselves, their unit and their men. Time seems to have stood still whenever such events are recalled.

The battle at FSB Rita is but one example. Take a look at only a few published "official" examples. First, a Stars and Stripes report of the battle:

HEAVY RED ROCKET ASSAULT BEATEN OFF

A North Vietnamese battalion, firing deadly shoulder-aimed rockets, tried to overrun a 1st U.S. Infantry Div. fire support base 50 miles above Saigon early Friday morning. "All the NVA we could see moving outside the perimeter had rocket launchers," said 1st Lt. Gregory King, commander of Charlie Company, 1st Bn., 26th Inf. only a very few had rifles.

Red infantrymen have frequently used the Russian-made RPG launcher, which can penetrate 11 1/2 inches of steel, in attacks, but seldom so many - the Americans inside fire support base Rita said as many as 1,000 were fired at them.

The fighting lasted until dawn, when the estimated 800 Vietnamese gave up, still outside the base. They left 27 dead. American losses were 12 killed and 56 wounded.

Or, this description in The First Infantry Division in Vietnam 1965-1970 relating to the 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery (105mm):

On 1 November at Fire Support Base 'Rita', Battery B, 1st Battalion, 5th Arty and Battery C, 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery repulsed an assault by an estimated NVA Regiment. The devastating direct artillery fires prevented Fire Support Base "Rita" from being overrun.... Over 100 enemy casualties were inflicted.

Or, this account from the same book concerning the 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery (115mm SP):

In November 1968, Battery C, operating with the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry at support base 'Rita', came under intense hostile rocket and mortar as well as a fierce ground assault by an estimated NVA/VC sapper battalion. The enemy penetrated the northwest side of the perimeter, but was ultimately evicted in a two hours battle...

And last from the same source, but not least, this report on Bluespaders in the action:

At 0300 hours, on November 1st, [1968] the NVA launched a ground attack against Fire Support Base "RITA", defended by B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, and elements of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry. The battle lasted about four hours, being supported by Tac Air, artillery, and helicopter gunships. After the battle, sweeps produced 27 dead NVA soldiers. All evidence indicated an even larger number of enemy dead were retrieved from the battlefield.

Or, this version of the battle from Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes by Edward F. Murphy:

...Helicopter gun- ships arrived at daylight. Their massed firepower finally broke the enemy attack. The NVA retreated into the jungle, pulling along their wounded. At least 328 enemy dead were later counted around FSB Rita...

Confused? Let's look at a few facts as related by the men who were there.

First the participants:

Bravo Company, 1st Bn 26th Inf, commanded by 1LT Gregory King Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cav, commanded by CPT Joseph F. Scates B Battery, 1st Bn 5th Artillery, commanded by LTC Charles Rogers C Battery, 8th Bn 6th Artillery Base Defense Commander, Major Allen Nauman, XO, Blue Spaders

Their foe:

an estimated NVA/VC Regiment/Battalion with sappers

Fire Support Rita had been manned about three months earlier to provide artillery support for ground units in their efforts to block a major infiltration route into War Zone C from Cambodia. The artillery units providing support out of Rita were six 105mm towed howitzers of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery, and six 155mm self-propelled howitzers of C Battery, 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery. From mid-October the FSB had been the target of daily and nightly mortar and rocket attacks. The 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry (Mech) had been providing perimeter defense for the base as well as running local patrols and search and destroy missions.

Gary Hershley, a 26th Infantry Regiment Association member who was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry during that time, remembers being airlifted into FSB Rita a few days before Halloween to support the 1/16th, who in his words, "...had been taking quite a beating." He remembers their first day at the base being sent on a patrol to recover some of the bodies of the 1/16th that had been lost during a firefight in the surrounding jungle. He relates that his company spent the first few days constructing a perimeter of Dobol bunkers since a perimeter had never been established. Hershley recalls daily rocket and mortar fire, frequent friendly air strikes nearby, and the company's conducting short sweeps in and around the immediate area after each air attack.

As to when the 1/16th Inf left FSB Rita, Hershley states, "I don't know the exact day that the 1/16th pulled out, but they were replaced by the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry [B Troop], and I recall them being ambushed on their way in." A Quarterhorse troop was a formidible force - some twenty armored personnel carriers (ACAV), six tanks, three 4.2 inch mortars, and around 130 troopers. Once inside the perimeter, the ACAV's were strategically positioned around the perimeter to bolster the fire support base defenses.

David Seal was an M-60 machine gunner in the 1st platoon of B Trp, 1/4 Cav also remembers that greeting: "We were ambushed about a quarter mile before we got to Rita. Our platoon leader, Lt. John Walker, told us to keep our heads down and keep moving. We had no one wounded." Seal also recalls that the base was lightly probed and received mortar fire around the clock. Halloween night started out in a typical manner according to Seal: "...a few rounds came in early, but after that everything was pretty quiet. I went on guard at midnight."

It was standard operating procedure in the Quarterhorse that when a troop went on high alert for enemy action, it fired "Mad Minutes" on a random schedule to keep the enemy on their toes - and hopefully, to inflict casualties if they caught the enemy preparing to launch an attack. Immediately after such a blast was also a good time for the enemy to begin their attack as the troopers were busy reloading their weapons. That's exactly what happened: both cavalryman Seal and infantryman Hershley recall that there was a "Mad Minute" at 3:00 a.m.

Gary Hershley remembers an armored personnel carrier from the 1/4 Cav being right next to the bunker on the perimeter he shared with Johnson, a fellow Bluespader. "This was the first position to be hit that morning. The APC [ACAV] took a direct hit from an RPG...I was hit with shrapnel in the upper back/left shoulder area when the explosion occurred. Not knowing what was happening, Johnson and I jumped into our bunker...As I looked out a firing lane, flares lit up the sky, and the enemy were already inside of the wire. There was Johnson and I in a forward bunker and neither of us had a weapon. I reached out and retrieved my shotgun and ammo belt. [Just then] an enemy soldier crawled right in front of my firing lane -- I could have reached out and touched him....I emptied my shotgun into the side of this enemy soldier. Within a short time, his body was dragged away..."

1/4th Cav APC hit at FSB Rita

Nearby David Seal was just as busy, "One of our ACAV's to my left took a direct hit from either a mortar round or an RPG....Flares were popping everywhere and to me it looked like there were hundreds of NVA soldiers right at the wire. My track commander took over on the 50 cal. and I moved back to the 60 cal. A flare went off directly above our position and I saw an NVA soldier hung up in the concertina wire. I fired on him, but my 60 jammed; I yelled to my T.C. [Track Commander] who killed him with the 50."

Thanks to excellent camouflage, Hershley and Johnson's bunker had survived the initial onslaught, but their luck ran out. Hershley recalls, "I could now see NVA running all over the place....shortly thereafter we heard a "thump" as a grenade was thrown into our bunker. Johnson acted very fast and was able to immediately locate it and throw it back out." Due to all the artillery, machine gun, rifle fire and other ordnance, it is still a mystery to Hershley whether it exploded or not.

With the battle still raging, David Seal recalls the cavalrymen being ordered inside their tracks and to "button up" because it was time for the artillery to lower their tubes and fire anti-personnel rounds on and around the ACAV vehicles, and over the infantry bunkers.

Meanwhile, the cannoneers had been waging a two-pronged deadly fight inside the perimeter to protect their howitzers and to provide badly needed support. LTC Charles Rogers, [MG, Retired] the CO of the 1st Bn, 5th Arty was with his B Btry that night at Rita. With only two weeks before he relinquished command and scheduled to take a staff position at MACV, he found his unit in a battle for their lives.

"Captain Dan Settle told me the enemy had broken through the wire and was all over the position", stated LTC Rogers. "All the armored personnel carriers on the west flank had been hit by RPG's. I realized there was nothing there to stop the enemy but my battery."

Racing through the explosions, LTC Rogers discovered most of his crewmen huddled in their bunkers. He ordered them out to their positions. and gave fire commands to the crews. Although wounded three times during his dashes to the gun positions to rally his troops, he was amazed at the enemy behavior.

"I just couldn't understand it", LTC Rogers stated. "As fast as we cut them down, why here comes another row of them." That's when he decided to lower the tubes of the 105s for direct fire into the masses with the "beehive" canister rounds. Even though wounded a fourth time, Rogers continued barking orders to those around him for direct-fire, and at the same time called in air strikes to within 100 yards of the fire-base perimeter.

The crews of C Btry, 8th Bn 6th Arty had self-propelled 155 howitzers, but found their large vehicles ripe targets for the enemy RPG rounds. [As a result of this battle that it became policy to protect all tracked vehicles with chain link "RPG fences" to explode the incoming round short of its target.]

Air Force "Spooky" gun and flare ships were overhead throughout the night, providing deadly fires in and around the besieged defenders of FSB Rita. David Seal remembers that the "...NVA tried yet another attack just at daybreak, but it was over in a few minutes. " First light provided the USAF jets an opportunity to make their airstrikes more effective and low flying helicopter gunships were brought into the fray. Seal recalls that as daylight broke "...there were 6 dead NVA right in front of our position and about 25 inside the perimeter area.

Gary Hershley doesn't remember how long the fighting went on, but he does recall the firing ceased around daybreak. "There were bodies scattered throughout the perimeter. I do not recall the number of dead enemy troops within the wire. As we started to recon the interior of the perimeter, three NVA soldiers were spotted hiding behind a frontline bunker. Grenades and rifle fire soon erupted and the three were killed within minutes. I was on the chinook [CH-47 helicopter] that carried some of the wounded and the KIA back to Lai Khe. In all, there were 13 American KIA. I don't know how many of the 13 were 1/26, 1/4 Cav or artillery. We heard reports that the estimated enemy dead numbered several hundred."

Jay Antol was a Blue Spader from A Company who remembers going into FSB Rita that morning. "All of the trenches in the surrounding rubber plantation were filled up with dead bodies and dirt, and feet and arms were sticking out all over the place."

Shortly after daylight on 1 November, 1968, the fight for FSB Rita was over. While official reports list 26 or 27 enemy KIA during the battle, reports from forward air controllers and aerial observers related spotting "hundreds" of bodies of dead enemy soldiers, forming traces leading away from the scene of the battle. As stated earlier, Blue Spader Jay Antol also witnessed numerous casualties buried in hasty graves outside the perimeter.

As David Seal of the 1/4 Cav said, "...it was the scariest Halloween I have ever seen."


FIDDLERS GREEN

Spc. Chazray C. Clark, 24, of Ecorse, Mich., died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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Spc. Garrett A. Fant, 21, of American Canyon, Calif., died Sept. 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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They died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Killed were:

Spc. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis.; and
Spc. Robert E. Dyas, 21, of Nampa, Idaho

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of nine servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William J. Sarsfield of Philadelphia; 2nd Lt. Charles E. Trimingham of Salinas, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Robert L. Christopherson of Blue Earth, Minn.; and Tech. Sgt. Leonard A. Gionet of Shirley, Mass., will be buried as a group in a single casket on Sept. 21 in Arlington National Cemetery, along with remains representing previously identified crew members 2nd Lt. Herman H. Knott, 2nd Lt. Francis G. Peattie, Staff Sgt. Henry Garcia, Staff Sgt. Robert E. Griebel, and Staff Sgt. Pace P. Payne, who were individually buried in 1985. These nine airmen were ordered to carry out a bombing mission over Rabaul, Papau New Guinea (P.N.G.), in their B-17E Flying Fortress nicknamed Naughty but Nice, taking off from an airfield near Dobodura, P.N.G., on June 26, 1943. The aircraft was damaged by anti- aircraft fire and ultimately shot down by Japanese fighter aircraft. A tenth man, the navigator and only survivor of the crash -- 2nd Lt. Jose L. Holguin -- was held as a prisoner of war until his release in September 1945.
In 1949, U.S. military personnel in the area were led by local citizens to a B-17 crash site on New Britain Island. Remains were recovered but couldn't be identified given the technology of the time. The remains were buried as unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
In 1982 and 1983, Holguin returned to the area and located the crash site. A fragment of the aircraft nose art was recovered and is displayed in the War Museum in Kokopo, P.N.G. In 1985, the remains were exhumed and identified as Knott, Payne, Garcia, Peattie, and Griebel. In 2001, a team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) excavated the site and found additional human remains and crew-related equipment.
Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA -- which matched that of some of the crewmembers' families -- in the identification of their remains.

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I've been wearing his bracelet for I don't know how many years. Although he was declared KIA in 1978 I kept the bracelet on. I waited until there was positive proof that he was no longer MIA.
I have now taken off the bracelet.
Bruce, rest in peace.
Tony

Hundreds turn out for Bruce Lawrence's memorial service in Phillipsburg
Published: Friday, September 23, 2011, 10:34 PM
By JD Malone - The Express-Times The Express-Times

Enlarge Matt Smith | The Express-Times A casket containing the remains of Air Force Maj. Bruce E. Lawrence is carried to Walters Park.

Standing in the band shell at Phillipsburg's Walters Park, more than four decades after his little brother's death, Richard Lawrence remembered how Bruce E. Lawrence plied the field behind him as a celebrated Pop Warner football running back.
"I've been waiting 43 years to have the opportunity to talk about Bruce," Richard Lawrence told a crowd of hundreds braving a steady rain Friday afternoon to pay tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Bruce Lawrence, who was shot down July 5, 1968, in Vietnam. "I've waited a long time."

Bruce Lawrence was a Pop Warner All American, a star linebacker and running back at Phillipsburg High School, Richard Lawrence said, and a co-captain of the Rutgers University football team.

He was missing in action since his plane was shot down and, in 1978, was declared killed in action. He was promoted posthumously from first lieutenant to major.

The whereabouts of his remains were a mystery until late spring.

"Welcome home, Bruce," Bill Nixon, a Phillipsburg resident with Vietnam Veterans of America Lehigh Valley Chapter 415, and one of the memorial service organizers, said to Bruce Lawrence's flag-draped coffin.

Richard Lawrence, 71, said the Air Force never gave up looking for his brother, and he appreciated their dogged search. He said his brother was flying an F-4C Phantom II jet with another New Jersey pilot, Edward Silver. Their plane took ground fire and crashed, killing both men. The remains of Silver, of Essex County, according to Richard Lawrence, were also identified last year.
Richard Lawrence said the Air Force asked for a sample of his DNA 10 years ago, and they were finally able to match it to remains recovered from the crash site.


REUNION 2011 NEWS

Here are a few additions to the list of attendees at the 2011 Reunion. BB
Charles and Anna Murawski
John Conley
Orlando Gallard D Trp, Feb 70-71
D. Harper C Trp, Jan 67-68
Tom Witter
Ron Halicki
Brenden Borrowman B Trp Mar 09-present
Joseph Maden B Trp 4/4 Cav, Jul 09 - Present
Branden Clark D Trp, 1/6 Cav, Aug 10 - Present The following photos were taken by Bob Corbin at this years reunion in Buffalo, NY. BB

This is the Group photo. The Three Troopers on the front row with John Conley are Active Duty Cavalry Troopers

The Dabneys and The Corbins at the Grand Buffett

John Conley and Ron Davidson chatting
John Conley Making the rounds at the Grand Buffett

Richard Guerrine and Mrs. Miller sharing a moment....where's Paul??

Mr and Mrs Daniel Harper

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Valentine

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The following photos were taken by Alan Benoit. BB

L-R:Mrs. Kampfert; Jim Smith; John Conley; Mr and Mrs Terry Valentine; Rich Guerrine and Jerry Friday.

Paul and Mrs. Miller

Jim Keech, Bob Coad and Joe Dabney

Looks like a round table meeting
Mr and Mrs Daniel Harper and Charles Murawski, Alan Benoit and Mrs Murawski.

Alan Benoit and one of our Active Duty Guests

MRS Miller, Mrs Kampfert and Charles Brigance.

Our Active duty Guests pose for another shot.

Mrs Miller poses with our active duty troopers.

Mr and Mrs James Smith

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Thanks to Richard Gueurine for the following account of the "Chicken Wing Eating Contest" and to the young trooper who was recruited to represent us and ended up winning! "Damn!! wouldn't you know they would have a chicken wing eating contest when I'm not there.....I LOVE CHICK WINGS!! BB" The photos were taken by Alan Benoit

"missed you at the reunion, we finally won something. I met a "wounded warrior" on Tuesday in front of the hotel and he loves the 1/4 Cav, so we made him a member and 5 minutes before the start of the chicken wing eating contest I convinced him to enter for us. He put on a t-shirt with a design I made and signed the release and ran up on the stage. everyone had 25 wings and 5 minutes to eat them in. He ate his and 12 belonging to a female 1st Sgt from the 1St Avn Brigade for a total of 35. He won a Plaque and $111.00 and was overjoyed. The 1st Division ladies bitched about him being a ringer, but we kept saying he was 4th Cav and belonged to us. He was a sniper and had been shot through the humorous (upper arm bone) and had been trying to transfer the 1st Sqdn, 4th Cav When he got off the bus he had a Cav hat and Spurs on. I'll send pictures as soon as I get them printed. Hope you are feeling well and you are in my prayers. Richie"

And here he is Ladies and Gentlemen! SPc. Barrowman, our Champion, Active Duty Trooper with B Troop at Ft. Riley, KS. Specialist Barrowman....SALUTE!! from the Veterans of the 1/4th Cavalry (QuarterHorse) for a job well done. BTW....Our young trooper was presented his Purple Heart at the Reunion also. BB

On another note..I'm not sure what to say here, Ladies, you would have to know Richard for awhile to appreciate him. He's really an innocent young man who would normally never stoop to doing anything like this. He probably got into some bad spirits or something. Bob Corbin sent in the Photo but I'm not sure if he wanted to show it or not. For lack of anything else to say, I'm going to move along. BB


HISTORICAL QH CAV PHOTO UPDATE

Thanks to Danny Slaughter, A Troop, 1965-66 for providing the photo and the names of the troopers from last months post. BB

--Left to right Jimmy Howard (dated Lois McMillion's sister) next?, Blanchard, Ross Meredith( lifer
in army, also the one Pepe made dig a hole in sand. Pepe asked each Trooper as we went through chow
line "Are you happy Trooper" Ross said "No First Sgt" That went on until all troopers were fed.


TROOPER INFO CHANGES

WILLIAM JOURDAN email address; wrjourdain@yahoo.com.

Hi, I wanted to let you know that I have a brand new Yahoo! Please update your address book and send me emails at this new address from now on. Thanks! William Jourdain


ACTIVE DUTY NEWS

Panetta: Defense Cuts Will Be Made Strategically

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2011 - Officials will make decisions on cuts to the defense budget strategically, with an eye to maintaining U.S. military dominance, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen also testified about the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. The department, Panetta said, has initiated a strategy-driven focus on the defense budget as it looks to implement $450 billion in savings over the next 10 years. "While this review is ongoing and no specific decisions have been made at this point, I'm determined to make these decisions strategically, looking at the needs that our Defense Department has to face not just now, but in the future, so that we can maintain the most-dominant military in the world, a force that is agile, ready, capable and adaptable," Panetta said as a preface to his testimony on the current wars.
Panetta listed the guidelines the department will use in looking at any budget cuts. "First of all, I want to maintain the best military in the world," the secretary said. "Secondly, I do not want to hollow out the force."
The military was downsized following the end of the Vietnam War and again after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The third guideline stresses a balanced approach to reductions. "I am going to look at all areas," Panetta said. "I'm going to look at efficiencies, reducing overhead, duplication -- there are opportunities to try to achieve ... additional savings in those areas." Panetta said he'll examine defense procurement practices, seeking to tighten the process and encourage competition. "I'm also going to look at the compensation area," he said. "The fact is that in some of those areas, the costs have increased by 80 percent." He cited health care costs, specifically, which have risen from $19 billion to $52 billion. The secretary said he wants changes, but will not break faith with service members. "I have to do it in a way that does not jeopardize the volunteer force, and to that extent, I've got to maintain faith with those that have gone deployment after deployment, put their lives on the line," he said. "We cannot undermine the commitments we have made to them."
The defense budget has almost doubled over the past decade, Panetta said. "Now we have to look at a decade where we have to prevent war," he said, "but [also] be able to fight wars and win wars, if we have to, recognizing we have less resources." If a congressional committee cannot agree how to trim hundreds of billions more from the federal budget as part of efforts to address the national deficit, an automatic mechanism would force defense cuts far above what is currently planned and would seriously endanger the military's ability to defend America and its vital national interests. "It is kind of a blind formula that makes cuts all across the board and guarantees that we will hollow out the force," Panetta said. "Working with this committee and others in Congress, I'm confident that we can meet our national security responsibilities and do our part to help this country get its fiscal house in order, but at the same time maintain a strong national defense.

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AFN-Iraq 'Freedom Radio' Goes Off Air
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 - The soundboard lights went dark for the last time when American Forces Network Radio Iraq "Freedom Radio" went off the air at midnight Sept. 23, after an eight-year run in Baghdad. The station's ending closed a chapter in the final 100 days of the U.S. drawdown of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. Operated by Army Reserve broadcasters, AFN-Iraq hit the airwaves in March 2003, when a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.
Since that time, the team of Army announcers kept service members entertained and informed with a variety of music, chat and news. "It's ... a morale boost for the troops," Army Staff Sgt. Brad Ruffin, an AFN-Iraq announcer, said of the broadcasts. "That why we're here. We do it for them." Army Sgt. Adam Prickel called entertainment an important factor in AFN-Iraq programming, "to get [the troops'] minds off something that might be stressing them out a little too much."
Emails from listeners came in every day to say they enjoyed the music AFN-Iraq played, announcer Army Staff Sgt.Jay Townsend said. The final broadcast that began at 6 a.m. Sept. 23 was filled with listener requests, entertainment and special interviews. "We had shout-outs from celebrities, interviews with military leaders and the famed Adrian Cronauer," SFC Class Don Dees said during his on-air shift. Cronauer is the former AFN radio broadcaster who was the inspiration for the 1987 Hollywood film, "Good Morning, Vietnam."

Coming up on midnight for the final time, AFN-Iraq Freedom Radio played its most-requested song: "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," by Toby Keith, Dees said. Radio programming now gives way to AFN signals from other locations, he said.
AFN-Iraq, an Army Reserve 206th Broadcast Operation Detachment in Texas, will become AFN-Europe out of Germany, officials said. "We lived by the motto, 'Always there, on the air,'" Dees said. The station also plans to keep its Facebook page, which has 5,400 "friends," active. "We have decided to keep this page running indefinitely," according to a post on its wall

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Vet Toxic Exposure~Mosul
Researchers in Tennessee say they've discovered scarring inside small airways in the lungs of U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, causing a rare condition called constrictive bronchiolitis. The cause of the scarring -- and the number of troops that may have it -- isn't yet clear. But the findings, published 21 JUL in the New England Journal of Medicine, could help veterans prove disabilities stemming from their war service. "These guys had very believable stories," said Dr. Robert Miller of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "They were elite athletes. ... Now, they can't run 2 miles." Although many were exposed to a 2003 sulfur-mine fire near Mosul, Iraq, not all were, so the cause remains a mystery. In the 2004-09 study, 49 soldiers underwent open-lung biopsies. Of those, 38 were diagnosed with constrictive bronchiolitis. Twenty-eight of those soldiers had been exposed to the sulfur-mine fire. Vanderbilt is shipping slides to National Jewish Hospital in Denver for further study. Meanwhile, Miller urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize the disorder in making disability rulings. In May 2008 ScienceDaily reported a large group of soldiers returning from Iraq had been diagnosed with bronchiolitis. In that article Miller said the U.S. Department of Defense believes that the Mosul sulfur fire in 2003 which burned for almost a month was deliberately set and considers it a combat-related event. It was the largest ever man-made release of sulfur dioxide and was 100 times greater than the release from the Mount Saint Helen's volcanic eruption. "Air samples collected by the U.S. Army confirmed that sulfur dioxide levels in the area were at toxic levels." A total of 56 soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky were evaluated for unexplained shortness of breath on exertion. Surgical lung biopsies were performed on 31 of the soldiers referred, with 29 having bronchiolitis. Most of those diagnosed with bronchiolitis had a prolonged exposure to sulfur dioxide from the Mosul sulfur mine fire, however, several had no known specific exposures. All of the soldiers evaluated were physically fit at the time of deployment. On return, none of those diagnosed with bronchiolitis met physical training standards. In almost every case they were declared unfit for duty and were medically boarded with a service connected disability.
[Source: Detroit Free Press article 25 Jul 2011 ++]

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Pacom Commander: North Korea Remains Central Concern
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2011 - North Korea's challenges to Asia-Pacific security and stability were most acute in 2010, but remain a central concern for U.S. Pacific Command, Pacom's commander said today.
North Korea's nuclear program and military objectives are a Pacom focus, and the command's people work within the U.S. government and with regional partners to see North Korea "change trajectory," Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard told reporters at the Foreign Press Center here.
In March 2010, North Korean forces sank the South Korean ship Cheonan, killing 46 South Korean sailors. In November, North Korea launched an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians. In the wake of those attacks, the attitude of South Korea's leaders and people has "fundamentally changed," Willard said.
"There is very strong ... intolerance at this point for any further provocations," he added. Kim Jong-un's rise to prominence as North Korea's likely next ruler, following his father, Kim Jong-il, may mean further provocations will come, Willard said. "In the past, succession has come with provocation as the new leadership has attempted to establish their bona fides with the North Korean military," the admiral said. Kim Jong-un's prominence during the 2010 attacks "was not lost on us," Willard said. "The prospects that he could be somehow accountable in a next provocation [are] important to understand as well," he added. Kim Jong-il's health may largely determine the timing of future attacks, the admiral noted.
"We watch North Korea closely, as you would expect us to," Willard said. "We try to determine the succession dynamics that are ongoing, especially as we approach 2012, which the North Koreans have declared as an auspicious year for themselves and what that may portend in terms of Kim Jong-un's leadership position."
North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. In January, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he believed North Korea would develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that would be a "direct threat" to the United States within five years. Willard said members of his command watch North Korea's nuclear developments "very carefully." "We are concerned ... that [Kim Jong-il] will continue to promote his ballistic missile programs, as well as his weapon programs," the admiral said. "It's very much the subject of the discussions that are going on right now between the United States and [North Korea], and I think South Korea and [North Korea] as well."
In response to a question on a possible U.S. sale of Global Hawk surveillance vehicles to South Korea, Willard said he has frequent discussions with South Korean officials about their capabilities and "the potential for U.S. procurement of defense articles that can service their needs." "There are discussions ongoing with regard to surveillance capabilities in the South, and I think the United States, as you know, is very guarded about these high-tech capabilities being provided as defense articles. So that discussion is, in fact, occurring," the admiral said, noting the countries' strong alliance. "When you consider ... the fact that we have 30,000 troops in the Republic of Korea and we are very, very closely aligned with the Koreans in terms of all our military capabilities, the prospects that our highly technical capabilities could ultimately be part of a foreign military sale is a consideration," he said.


TROOPERS CORNER - SOUND OFF!!

Gary, hang in there trooper! We love you and are pulling for you, prayers included. BB.

Bill & My Brothers & Sisters;

Well I wrote to you around the end of April; I told you that I had lung cancer inoperable in my lung......At the time it was in 3 places in the right lung and because there were two different types of cancer in the lung only Chemo could be used in treatment. (that could have been a bummer)

I also said I didn't want to talk about it. (what a guy eh??) I had fortunately ordered a X-Ray only 3 weeks before that myself. My civilian Dr, had forgot to do that, or this story might read differently. That's not so good, tends to kick one in da ass bad.

My point is here I am the Poster Boy in America for trying to making it mandatory that we all receive yearly Full Physicals with Cat Scans......and I then it appears I go poop in my own boot......I had to run to my cave sorry and hide out I was so pissed off at myself..

I felt I had betrayed many, especially all of you and my family. This was not my First lungcancer, let alone 2nd lung cancer, it was over all cancer #4....plus many other combat injuries. I had told prior to these to these Terminal lung cancers I had Terminal Brain and Prostate cancers.......in 1986 and again in 1993.

Man talking about having to change ones knickers several times after this news is putting it mildly....I am rated now like 280%,, What a dumb ass record to have. Especially considering I am very health conscious , haven't smoked in over 18 years and have drank very little since 1997.

I was speechless if you can believe that. (I know it's almost funny when you consider the ranting and hell rising I have put the world through for Agent Orange Dioxin cancers and sicknesses killing us, all 69 plus of them...) Plus PTSD...

There are many members of the Vets Community I am sure that have put a hit on me lol......like I care..I have raided them and pooped in their boots so much that I still feel justified about it and only wish I had started giving em hell earlier.. But that's why I am a stubborn old French Man....

This is my first time of having to do Chemo and Radiation, all other cancers were cut out. (surgery was a piece of cake , honestly) Not so lucky now.....

I would like to explain you any of you that have not had to do Chemo and Radiation what's it's about. If you receive something I have written or a call from me and I make little or absolute no sense it's a new word I learned to put in our vocabulary, it's called Chemo Brain....

I honestly at times cannot use spell check when I write because even Spell Check keeps asking me what da hell word you looking for Dude? I most of the times am fogged out and even can't remember myself so I just shut up if I can get smart enough to know I am making ass of myself.. It's crazy......

Since Mid April I honestly have not spent more than maybe 2 hours total on the computer. ..... I used to spend 8 hours a days....So bear with me. Don't worry I am not going to dog you with writing but I have my memory back sorta for a day here before this next Tues 6/6/11 when I get whacked again...with Chemo. I want you to hear this truth. It could save your Trooper Ass or your loved one.

It means I am stoned sorta in another world. Whacked out for about 3 days in another world. I have never been a drug taking guy but Wow! if you hear from me in this period feel free to tell me to shut up or just hang up or delete me. I have about 4 sorta good days, the rest are like living in cold molasses, a blob (that's normal for me you all know that).

I want you and everyone that's asks you to feel OK, and say yes Gary he is fighting Terminal Cancer, ..I have 6 Chemo's behind me....6 or more to go. ( they don't know if this stuff is working until several weeks after the Fini!)Also 15 Radiations done and 10 or 15 more to go... They just kick my ass. (beats the box so far though). So the proof is in the pudding, don't let your guard down ..

Please,,use my smart ass attitude as a example. The Dr. said if I had waited 6 more months and not made sure myself ( I had to order these tests the Dr, forgot to or I would be a big Zero.) My point, you can beat it to if you get sick....., if you have not faced it there are many of our Fellow Troopers who can help you and talk to you.....myself included. If you want to talk if I am semi lucid I'll give ya my best shot...

I want you all to know that even a guy who was supposed to have his act together got it kicked....and kicked good....that Dude Be Me!!!!!.

Now my VA lesson and I will shut up.

I use my Healthcare, NOT VA........don't trust da bastards and here is why. I have a deduct to pay on Medicare because I don't us the VA but I figure they can come on over to the other side and get what money I owe them when I cash in and go to a better place.

I do my best paying my share now. That's why the S/R had to shut down, I lost my drive, mind, will and cash flow......I am also way to sick to attempt trying to help others, can't find my own what'smacallitsometimesto lol. But I am doing good, .....So this is not a cry in my beer email.....OK?. But here is what the VA did to me in April. You need to know this.

I filed my cancer claim. Late April. (I know I won't get more money now but I want it to be a absolute my wife Eileen get's her DIC when I die) no hassles for her lousy less than $1,200 a month and medical care plus I am going to try and get the VA to trow in a APC so she doesn't have car payments.. The VA in Ann Arbor Mich said you don't have a Primary Dr, here, I said true because I never see the same Dr. when I go there since it has a Med school attached to it......I just go there for my PTSD treatments, meds and treatmetn for my combat injuries. I talked to 15 or 20 people this day, I was crying for all of us when I was done. They all said because of summer and Doc schools they were reevaluating their staff and could not let me see a VA Primary Dr for 60 to 90 days. ( I just wanted help with my Meds, I told em I didn't trust a Doc they had). Honest to Gosh one Radiation machine I go in daily here costs over 4 Million just for the machine, That does not include the PhD Dr and aids and other Dr's that have to be there when it's being used , It's the size of a damn Semi Tailer Puller. They then went on to say it would then be another 90 days or more before I could see ,,,,( yes I said SEE not be tested) by a cancer Dr. then another 60 to 120 for tests to start, if they agreed with the civilian Diagnosis I took in....

I was wishing I had my 60 back, I asked this Dr I was talking to if he had my claim and copies of this fresh cancer diagnosis in front of him? Yup he said......I said then you know that if this goes untreated for a year or more it very likely could be untreatable, he said we are busy, no help. I know that My Congressmen Kildee has been on his job for over 30 years he is a broke dick Democrat from Flint, Mich in bed with Obama and the Demo's. and Obamacare and Libya Care. No help there. My Senator her name is Stabenaw is the same,,,,,,She uses only form letters to communicate, no phone or email.

So in a nut shell I got it...If I were not 100% Permanent &Totally disabled and/or eligible for Medicare or had outside insurance I would be dust floating back to earth most likely..... soon.

Love your loved ones. Cause they need you,.....Tell this story because it's true....Some Vets get lucky with the VA but I can personally tell you after 20 damn years few do....... They need your help to.....and and a hug goes one hell of a long way......

God Bless ya all. I am Damn Proud to be a 1/4 Calvary Trooper and a American and would do the Nam again.....No Questions asked!!!!!!!but You all have heard this many times.

I sure as hell don't trust my Government!Please be careful..............
As Paul Harvey would be saying if he were here, and that's the Rest of The Story.....
Grab every Veteran you see and just say Thanks.......and say Thanks to their families for sharing them with us.......Gary Chennet, B Trooper, 66-67. Here is a complex one sent in by Jerry Hicks. BB

Subject: CALL LOG LAW!

Didn't know that was a law but I will certainly be doing it! Bring our jobs home any way we can!

This is a wonderful idea. I am certainly going to follow this suggestion.

Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications,health and other insurance,computer help desk, etc) And you find that you're talking to a foreign customer service representative (perhaps in India, Pakistan etc) please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service Representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent)please, very politely (this is not about trashing other cultures) say"I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America .."

The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again politely say"Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a Customer service representative in the USA ." YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP IN THE USA . That's the rule and t he LAW.

It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA.

Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep I asked again to make sure - and yes she was from Fort Lauderdale ..
Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on. Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP.

If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider Doing this - see what I mean...it becomes an exercise in viral Marketing 101.

Remember - the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home - not to Be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep. You may even get correct Answers,good advice, and solutions to your problem - in real English.

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DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Detainee Al Nashiri

The Department of Defense announced today that the Convening Authority, Office of Military Commissions referred charges to a military commission in the case of United States v. Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri. The referred charges allege, among other things, that Al Nashiri was in charge of the planning and preparation for the attack on USS Cole (DDG 67) in the Port of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000. That attack killed 17 sailors, wounded 37 sailors, and severely damaged the ship.
The Convening Authority referred the charges to a capital military commission, meaning that, if convicted, Al Nashiri could be sentenced to death. Pursuant to the reforms in the Military Commissions Act of 2009, Al Nashiri has been provided with additional counsel, learned in the applicable law relating to capital cases, to assist in his defense.
The charges also allege that Al Nashiri was in charge of planning and preparation for an attempted attack on USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) as that ship refueled in the Port of Aden on Jan. 3, 2000. The charges further allege that Al Nashiri was in charge of the planning and preparation for attack on the French civilian oil tanker MV Limburg in the Gulf of Aden on Oct. 6, 2002. This attack resulted in the death of one crewmember and the release of approximately 90,000 barrels of oil into the gulf.
In accordance with Military Commissions rules and procedures, the Chief Trial Judge of the Military Commissions Trial Judiciary will assign a military judge to the case, and Al Nashiri will be arraigned at Guantanamo within 30 days of service of the referred charges upon him.

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Danny Horn sent this in. I'd like to think about it awhile before I say OK! BB.

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!!.... Here's the way it should be: Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This would correct two things in one motion: Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical Treatment, wheel chairs, etc. They would receive money instead of having to pay it out. They would have constant video montering, so they would be helped instantly... If they fell or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes. All meals and snacks would be brought to them. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling, a pool and education...and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists. Simple clothing - i.e.. Shoes, slippers, pj's - and legal aid would be free, upon request.
There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens. Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost. They would receive daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection. The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their families from abuse or neglect. As for the criminals: They would receive cold food. They would be left alone and unsupervised. They would receive showers once a week. They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay $5,000 per month. They would have no hope of ever getting out. "Sounds like justice to me!"

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Thanks to Tony Moscicki for sending this one in.BB

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Regains Long-lost Bronze Star
By Jane Gervasoni
U.S. Army Public Health Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Aug. 30, 2011 - More than 40 years ago, Army 1LT Robert C. Berkshire earned a Bronze Star Medal for valor during his service in Vietnam.

Army 1st Lt. Robert C. Berkshire takes a break during his deployment to Vietnam in 1970. Berkshire recently received a new Bronze Star Medal -- the original had been stolen along with his duffle bag at the end of his Vietnam tour of duty -- to replace the one he'd earned more than 40 years ago.

On his way stateside following his Vietnam tour of duty, Berkshire's duffel bag was stolen -- in the duffel bag was his Bronze Star. He never saw his medal again.
After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1971, Berkshire never said anything to his family or friends about the loss of his award. However, about a year ago, the subject of his military career came up while he was talking with David Kurk, a friend and fellow civilian employee in the laboratory at the U.S. Army Public Health Command here.

Berkshire told his friend about the loss of his Bronze Star and showed him the award certificate. Berkshire explained that in June 1970 he and his platoon had flanked and destroyed an enemy position. Under heavy enemy fire, he'd also directed a medical evacuation of two wounded platoon members. Kurk was determined to see if he could help his friend be recognized for his heroic actions during the operation in Vietnam and replace his stolen medal.

Working with Berkshire's daughter, Alyson Berkshire, Kurk took action to have his friend recognized."No one in the family had heard about Dad's Bronze Star," Alyson said. "My parents have always been my heroes, and I wanted to make sure Dad could be honored as one."

Working with CSM Gerald C. Ecker, the Public Health Command's command sergeant major, Alyson and Kurk provided the paperwork necessary to secure a replacement Bronze Star. Lovetta Britton, the command's protocol officer, arranged a surprise award ceremony.

On Aug. 17, Army Brig. Gen. Timothy K. Adams, commander of the Public Health command, hosted the award ceremony to honor Berkshire's heroism. Berkshire was told his daughter was receiving an award, and that he was invited to participate in the ceremony. During the ceremony, Adams turned to the Army veteran. "I understand you were in the Army and served in Vietnam," he said, "and I heard that you also lost something." Berkshire, still unaware of the surprise presentation, thought Adams was referring to his recent hip surgery and replied, "Yes, I lost a piece of my hip." Adams then told Berkshire he'd receive a new Bronze Star Medal to replace the one stolen from him more than 40 years before.

"Your service to our country should be remembered and celebrated," Adams said. "It is my privilege to give you this award for your service."

Berkshire said he was stunned by the commander's words and the standing ovation from friends, family and co-workers at the award presentation."For you and everyone else to work so hard in replacing the medal that was so precious to me and that I thought I would never see again, I was basically speechless," Berkshire said to the general. "Please accept my deepest gratitude for your gracious act."

Ecker summed up the event's purpose. "When an act of selfless service to our nation has been fulfilled, it is never too late to render honors and gratitude for the service," he said

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Holy Crap! Get out your hankies everybody. Fonda Jane is having a whining fit it seems. BB

A new controversy over Jane Fonda's Vietnam War activism caused the actress to come out swinging against home shopping TV network QVC on 23 JUL, over what she described as its caving in to "extremist" pressure to cancel her appearance. In a blog posting on Showbusiness website TheWrap.com, Fonda wrote that she was scheduled to appear on QVC to introduce her book "Prime Time" about aging and life cycles.
But the network, Fonda wrote, reported receiving a flood of angry calls regarding her anti-war activism of the 1960s and 1970s, and it decided to cancel Fonda's appearance.
Four decades ago, the American actress angered Vietnam War supporters who gave her the nickname "Hanoi Jane" for her 1972 visit to the capital of North Vietnam at the height of the conflict. At the time, she posed for photos showing her sitting atop a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun, and she remains an object of derision by some U.S. veterans and others.
Fonda, 73, has in the past expressed regret about those images, and in her post at The Wrap she took aim at QVC and her critics. "I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups," Fonda wrote. QVC acknowledged Fonda's appearance was canceled, but said it was because of a programming change. "It's not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice," QVC spokesman Paul Capelli said in a statement. "I can't speak to Ms. Fonda's comments, other than to confirm that a change in scheduling resulted in her not appearing on 23 JUL" In 2005, Fonda was spat upon at a book signing in Kansas City, Missouri, by a man who said he was angered by her Vietnam War-era actions. "Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me!" Fonda wrote at TheWrap.com. "... I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us." The daughter of late screen legend Henry Fonda, the actress most recently starred in 2007 film "Georgia Rule."
QVC is a unit of Liberty Media Corp.
<[Source: Reuters article 16 Jul 2011 ++]

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Cellphone Voicemail Hacking: With the same method used by hackers at News Corp‘s British tabloid News of the World, anyone can hack into your cellphone‘s voicemail. All they need to know is your phone number. It works like this… If you want to access your own voicemail, you can simply dial your own number from your phone, press star or pound, and your voicemails will start playing. So if someone else wants to access your voicemail, all they have to do is make the phone company think they are calling from your number, and your messages will start playing for them. Services like SpoofCard make it all too easy to do just that. About $5 buys 25 minutes of talk time, with a twist. Customers can set the number that shows up on caller ID to whatever they want. To hack your voicemail, they would simply tell SpoofCard to fake your phone number for them. Then, when they call your number with the service, your phone company assumes it‘s you and starts playing your messages. Fortunately, preventing this kind of hack on your voicemail is as simple as changing your voicemail preferences to always require a PIN. Simply follow the not-as- complex-as-they-look instructions for your cell provider:

AT&T - To enable a password for all voicemail calls:

Press and hold 1 to call into the voicemail system from your wireless device.
Press * to skip to the main menu.
Press 4 for personal options.
Press 2 for administrative options.
Press 1 for password options.
Press 1 to turn password on or off.
Press 2 to turn password on.
When prompted, enter your 4- to 15-digit password, then press the # key.

Sprint

Access your voicemail account from your Sprint phone.
Once in the main menu, choose change personal options.
Next, choose administrative options.
You will hear skip passcode is currently turned on. To turn it off, follow the prompts.
The passcode you originally created will be played to you. Be sure to remember it, as you will need to enter it to gain access to your voicemail in the future.

T-Mobile - To turn off / on your voice mail password security, follow these steps:
Call your voice mailbox from your mobile phone by pressing and holding the 1 key or by dialing 123.
Once you arrive at your voice mailbox, press the Star (*) key to ensure you are in the main menu area.
To access the password security menu, press the 5 key.
To toggle your password on or off, press the 2 key. Verizon - Verizon is the one major cell carrier in the U.S. that requires you enter your PIN every time you access your voicemail. In fact, you have to jump through a little hoop if you want things set differently. So odds are, if you‘re a Verizon customer, you‘re already safe from this kind of an attack on your voicemail.
You‘re only as safe as your PIN. If you‘ve never set up a PIN for your voicemail account, you might have a default one; anyone could dial in from any number, use the default PIN, and listen to your messages. To keep your voicemail private, you should set up a PIN or change your default PIN as soon as you can. If you set your PIN to something simple, like your address or birthday, you‘re not completely at risk, but you are close. Try to use something unique that has no connection to your personal life. It doesn‘t have to be hard to remember – something like 7676 works well – only unrelated to you. Taking this simple step can help ensure your private messages stay that way.
[Source: MoneyTalksNews Dan Schointuch article 19 Jul 2011 ++]


WARNING!! TROOPERS JOKES - Some of these may not be pleasant for the young or weak of heart.

Heres a good one from Wayne Paddock to get us started off.BB

BEWARE OF THAT UNDERWEAR DUST!!!!!!

One evening a Husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, 'Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in 'Slim Fast'. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!'

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go un-rewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. 'What the Hell is this?' he said to himself as a little 'dust' cloud appeared when he shook them out.

"Alice"!, he hollered into the bathroom, 'Why did you put Talcum Powder in my underwear?'

She replied with a snicker. 'It's not talcum powder; it's 'Miracle Grow'!!!!! !

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Howard Greenfield is finally out of the hospital and recouperating at home.BB

THE MIRACLE OF TOILET PAPER

Fresh from my shower, I stand in front of the mirror complaining to my husband that my breasts are too small.. Instead of characteristically telling me it's not so, he uncharacteristically comes up with a suggestion.

If you want your breasts to grow, then every day take a piece of toilet paper and rub it between them for a few seconds.'
Willing to try anything, I fetch a piece of toilet paper and stand in front of the mirror, rubbing it between my breasts. 'How long will this take?' I asked.

They will grow larger over a period of years,' my husband replies. I stopped. 'Do you really think rubbing a piece of toilet paper between my breasts every day will make my breasts larger over the years?' Without missing a beat he says, "Worked for your 'arse', didn't it?"

He's still alive, he may even walk again but will probably continue to take his meals through a straw.

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Tom Heckman can still run pretty fast even at his age.BB

An Army Ranger was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking.
After becoming very frustrated with the "no haggle" attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the Ranger shouted, "maybe I'll just go out and get my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes made at a reasonable price!"
The vendor said, "By all means, be my guest. Maybe you'll run into the two Marines who were in here earlier, saying the same thing."
So the Ranger headed into the bayou that same day and a few hours later came upon two
men standing waist deep in the water. He thought, "those must be the two Marines the guy in town was talking about." Just then, the Ranger saw a tremendously long gator swimming rapidly underwater towards one of the Marines.
Just as the gator was about to attack, the Marine grabbed its neck with both hands and strangled it to death with very little effort. Then both Marines dragged it on shore and flipped it on its back. Laying nearby were several more of the creatures. One of the Marines then exclaimed, "Damn, this one doesn't have any shoes either!"

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Smokey Guillespi had a close one recently.BB

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her Husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Hunting Flies" He responded.
"Oh! Killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"
He responded,"3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone".

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Ron Brauer has learned who makes the rules at this late age.BB

Do you know who makes the rules?

 

As sportsmen, it is absolutely imperative that in all of the sports we engage, we, 
without hesitation, play by the rules ... 

We take care to understand the rules, we discuss the rules amongst ourselves, and we 
study the rules ... 

As golfers, we are ruled by the rules ... 

Lord knows there are all kinds of rules in that game . 

And as citizens, we must follow the rule of law for so many things we do every day .. 

But just in case you have been pondering this, all your life, as to whom actually makes 
the rules, please note the following: 

...I do hope this clears things up

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Thanks to Lynn Anderson for passing this neat idea our way.BB

The new tattoo women get in Europe to protect themselves from Muslim men:

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Lets hear it for John Venerio. At least he gave it a "Trooper Try".BB

Well, I lost the Trivia Contest during our church pot-luck dinner last night by 1 point!
... Not only did I get the last question wrong, but was immediately asked to leave.
The question was: "Where do women have the curliest hair?"
Apparently the correct answer is “Fiji Islands”

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Thanks to Jeff Kramer for telling it like it is!.BB

Subject: NO MORE POLITICAL E-MAILS! PLEASE!!!

NO MORE POLITICAL E-MAILS!

NO MORE RELIGIOUS E-MAILS!

NO MORE CHAIN E-MAILS!

NO MORE FORWARDED LUCKY E-MAILS!

NO MORE DYING CHILD E-MAILS!

NO MORE WALKING IN ANYONE'S FOOTSTEPS E-MAILS!

NO MORE FUNDRAISING E-MAILS!

What We Need is to Get Back to What
E-mail Was Designed For.... !!!

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Yes, Dave Snavely is a deep thinker.BB

For the deep thinkers in the group….

Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting 
weak?

Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds when they already know you're broke?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe, you 
believe them but, if they tell you there is wet paint, you have to touch it to check?

Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that, no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat 
will have materialized?

Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, 
pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the first end you try?

How do those dead bugs get into enclosed light fixtures?

When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart, then 
apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right"? Well, it isn't all right, so 
why don't we say, "That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?"

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you
 always manage to knock something else over?

Why, in winter, do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained 
about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

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Thanks to Danny Horn for this one. My Sister works for SW Airlines and she says this one is true. BB

A mother and her young son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago.

The little boy (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and asked, 'If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?' The mother (who couldn't think of an answer) told her son to ask the flight attendant.
So the boy went down the aisle and asked the flight attendant. If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?'
The busy flight attendant smiled and said, 'Did your Mother tell you to ask me?' The boy said, 'Yes, she did.' 'Well, then, you go and tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. Have your mother explain that to you."


HERES TO YOUR HEALTH

First things first. Lynn Anderson has sent in this very educational-revieling photo and article which tells us something about how the mind works. Aw hell, let's get on to the photo! BB.

A practical example of how the human mind works

In the picture below, we will analyze what it represents to some groups of people.

Read the review after the photo...

-For young men, it's a nice ass. Only the most observant will define this as an ass crossing the street. -The really observant will see the thong. -For older men, it is a respectable woman with a nice ass crossing the street. -The perverts will imagine her as a naked woman. -The wise men will ponder the presence of mind of the photographer in the face of such beauty and gratitude that it was shared with humanity. -For half of the women, this is an ordinary woman who should not have left home dressed that way. -The other half is wondering where she bought that blouse. -The wise women imagine the misery that this will be at 50. -Children, the curious, and monks will probably notice a dog driving the taxi.. Don't be alarmed, I didn't see the dog either.

And now we continue with our regular programing.

By Edmund Hayes, MD

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find New Treatment for Constipation Constipation is definitely not a glamorous topic. In reality, it affects nearly 30 million Americans and costs more than $1 billion annually to evaluate and treat. While not often life threatening, the pain, bloating, discomfort, and straining associated with constipation lead sufferers to focus on one thing - relief. Mayo Clinic researchers recently had success in the clinical trial of a new medication shown to provide relief from constipation in a way that capitalizes on the body's natural processes.
The drug, called A3309, targets bile acid recycling in the body. Bile acids, created in the liver and released into the digestive system, aid in breaking down fats and absorbing them into the body. Bile acids also are natural laxatives that promote bowel movements by softening stool and speeding up how fast stool moves through the colon. During digestion, most bile acids are absorbed back into the blood in the lower small intestines for recycling, letting very little bile acids to leak into the colon to help facilitate bowel movements. A3309 works by inhibiting bile acid absorption in the small intestines, allowing more bile acids to enter the colon to stimulate bowel movements.
"The new medication is a novel approach which allows the delivery to the colon of normal substances produced by the patient's own liver to induce a laxative effect," says Michael Camilleri, M.D., a gastroenterologist and Atherton and Winifred W. Bean Professor at Mayo Clinic and the study's lead author.

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Common Anti-Inflammatory Coaxes Liver Cells To Commit Suicide
The anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib, known by the brand name Celebrex, triggers liver cancer cell death by reacting with a protein in a way that makes those cells commit suicide, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that the combination of celecoxib with each of two chemotherapy drugs killed more liver cancer cells in culture, making those combinations more effective than either drug on its own.
"Each chemotherapy drug alone will reduce the growth of cancer cells, but when each single drug is combined with Celebrex, a greater growth suppression effect was observed," said Jiayuh Lin, senior author of the study and an associate professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University. "For clinicians, this research suggests the possibility of a new therapeutic strategy."

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Coffee May Reduce Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in Men
Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. What's more, the lower risk was evident among men who drank either regular or decaffeinated coffee.
The study was published May 17, 2011, in an online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
"Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH. Lethal prostate cancer is cancer that causes death or spreads to the bones.

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Penn Study Shows Two Heart Drugs Ineffective in Treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Despite their beneficial effects in heart disease, neither aspirin nor simvastatin appear to offer benefit to patients suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Although both aspirin and simvastatin are effective in many types of cardiovascular disease, these drugs have not been well-studied in the treatment of PAH," said Steven Kawut, MD, MS, lead author of the study and associate professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and director of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at Penn. "Our study was designed to determine if the drugs could be effective in the treatment of PAH."
PAH is a progressive, incurable disease that occurs when the blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs increases, causing shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue, especially upon exertion, and can ultimately lead to heart failure and death. PAH can occur on its own or be associated with other conditions, such as connective tissue diseases and congenital heart disease.

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Lessons From Major Heart Trial Need Implementation
A NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center review of almost 500,000 cardiac cases nationally shows that the clinically indicated medical therapy reported in a widely publicized study was lost in translation to real-world heart care after its publication.
The researchers report in the May 11 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, that medical therapy given to patients who received a heart stent improved less than 3 percent as a result of the Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial. Overall, fewer than half of all patients received appropriate treatment with the combination of common cardiac drugs used in the COURAGE trial, such as aspirin, before their stenting procedure, and almost one-third didn't receive these drugs afterward.
As we all think about health care for the future, this study provides actionable information for both physicians and policymakers about quality of care and how comparative effectiveness research findings are being implemented, the researchers say.

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FDA Approves Victrelis for Hepatitis C
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Victrelis (boceprevir) to treat certain adults with chronic hepatitis C. Victrelis is used for patients who still have some liver function, and who either have not been previously treated with drug therapy for their hepatitis C or who have failed such treatment. Victrelis is approved for use in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin.
The safety and effectiveness of Victrelis was evaluated in two phase 3 clinical trials with 1,500 adult patients. In both trials, two-thirds of patients receiving Victrelis in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin experienced a significantly increased sustained virologic response (i.e., the hepatitis C virus was no longer detected in the blood 24 weeks after stopping treatment), compared to pegylated interferon and ribavirin alone, the current standard of care.
When a person sustains a virologic response after completing treatment, this suggests that HCV infection has been cured.

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Existing Drug Treatment Reduces Pain In Young Sickle Cell Anemia Patients
A cancer drug already used to treat adults and school-age children with sickle cell anemia is safe and significantly reduces pain and other complications of the disease in children as young as 9 months, according to a national study involving a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher.
Pediatric researchers at UT Southwestern and 13 other academic medical centers say hydroxyurea should be offered to all young children with sickle cell anemia, regardless of disease severity and clinical symptoms. The findings of the Pediatric Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia, or BABY HUG, trial appear online and in the May 14 edition of the Lancet.
"We've offered hydroxyurea at Children's since 1992 to severely involved patients with frequent or severe complication down to age 3. On the basis of the BABY HUG study's findings, our sickle cell team has made a conscious decision to now offer hydroxyurea to all sickle cell anemia patients in the first year of life," said study co-author Dr. Zora Rogers, professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern and clinical director of the general hematology and bone marrow failure program at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
The findings, Dr. Rogers said, likely will change how all medical professionals treat very young children with sickle cell anemia.

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Protein from Probiotic Bacteria May Alleviate Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
A protein isolated from beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and dairy products could offer a new, oral therapeutic option for inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD), suggests a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researcher Fang Yan, M.D., Ph.D. The study, published May 23 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, shows that the protein, called p40, was effective as an intervention in animal models of colitis (colon inflammation). The investigators demonstrated that the protein supports intestinal epithelial cell growth and function, and reduces inflammatory responses that can cause intestinal cells to die. Importantly, the investigators showed that oral consumption of p40 by mice in a protective delivery system prevents and treats colitis in multiple models of the disease.
Many of the hundreds of bacterial species that live in our gut (known as the "human microbiome") are helpful to us: they help us digest certain substances, produce vitamins and fight off more dangerous bacteria. But miscommunication between these bacteria and our gut lining can lead to conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1.4 million persons in the United States alone may suffer from these diseases.

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Information Overload in Drug Side Effect Labeling
The lists of potential side effects that accompany prescription drugs have ballooned in size, averaging 70 reactions per drug, a number that can overwhelm physicians trying to select suitable treatments for their patients, according to a new study of drug labels.
Long lists of drug side effects-whether found in magazine advertisements or in package inserts-are a familiar sight to patients and doctors. Now researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine have quantified just how complex drug labels have become.
In the study, appearing in the May 23, 2011 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers found that the average label contains 70 different side effects, with more commonly prescribed drugs averaging around 100 side effects. The upper range was remarkably high, with a single label containing as many as 525 reactions. The study involved analysis of more than 5,600 drug labels and more than half a million labeled effects.

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Mushroom Compound Suppresses Prostate Tumours
A mushroom used in Asia for its medicinal benefits has been found to be 100 per cent effective in suppressing prostate tumour development in mice during early trials, new Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research shows.
The compound, polysaccharopeptide (PSP), which is extracted from the 'turkey tail' mushroom, was found to target prostate cancer stem cells and suppress tumour formation in mice, an article written by senior research fellow Dr Patrick Ling in the international scientific journal PLoS ONE said.
Dr Ling, from the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre-Queensland and Institute for Biomedical Health & Innovation (IHBI) at QUT, said the results could be an important step towards fighting a disease that kills 3000 Australian men a year.

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Scientists Discover that a Rare Natural Product Has Potent Pain-Killing Properties
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have for the first time accomplished a laboratory synthesis of a rare natural product isolated from the bark of a plant widely employed in traditional medicine. This advance may provide the scientific foundation to develop an effective alternative to commonly prescribed narcotic pain treatments.
The study, published May 23, 2011, in an advanced online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry, defines a chemical means to access meaningful quantities of the rare natural product conolidine. Based on data from mouse models, the study also suggests that synthetic conolidine is a potent analgesic as effective as morphine in alleviating inflammatory and acute pain, with few, if any, side effects.
In recent years, there has been significant interest in developing alternatives to opiate-based pain medications such as morphine. While widely prescribed for pain, morphine has a number of adverse side effects that range from the unpleasant to the lethal, including nausea, chronic constipation, addiction, and breathing depression.

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Fish Oil May Have Positive Effects on Mood, Alcohol Craving
Omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for more than just the heart. Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine disclosed at a molecular level a potential therapeutic benefit between these dietary supplements, alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.
In a multi-year study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for omega 3 fatty acid given to mice models of bipolar disorder. The fatty acid DHA, which is one of the main active ingredients in fish oil, "normalized their behavior," according to Alexander B. Niculescu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and the lead author of the study reported online in the Nature Publishing Group journal Translational Psychiatry.
Using a stress-sensitive mouse model of bipolar disorder developed in his lab, Dr. Niculescu and his colleagues studied the influence of dietary DHA. The mice have characteristic bipolar symptoms including being depressed and, when subjected to stress, becoming manic.

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Treating HIV Patients Early With Antiretrovirals Significantly Reduces Spread Of Virus To Partners
Administering antiretroviral medicines to HIV-positive men and women when their immune systems are relatively healthy reduces their risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners by 96 percent, according to findings from a large-scale clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The clinical trial, known as HPTN 052, was slated to end in 2015, but the findings were released earlier this month, after a scheduled interim review of the study data by an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) concluded it was overwhelmingly clear that such use of antiretrovirals substantially reduced virus transmission.
The results are the first from a major randomized clinical trial to indicate that treating HIV-infected individuals can reduce the risk of sexual transmission of the virus to an uninfected partner.

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New Drug Treatment Extends Lives Of Men With Prostate Cancer
A drug recently approved by the Food & Drug Administration for the treatment of prostate cancer is proving to give some patients the gift of time. A new study shows abiraterone acetate extends the lives of men with the most advanced form of the disease by about four months. The study in the May 26, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine was co-authored by Thomas W. Flaig, MD, medical oncologist at the University of Colorado Hospital's Tony Grampsas Urologic Oncology Clinic and assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Abiraterone acetate is a new, life-extending pill for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Unlike the traditional chemotherapy drugs used in these situations, abiraterone is generally very well tolerated," said Flaig.
The multi-center Phase III clinical trial of 1195 participants looked at the effectiveness of treating patients who had received prior chemotherapy with a combination of abiraterone acetate (ZytigaTM ) and prednisone. When this trial was initiated, there were no treatments that clearly prolonged survival in this late phase of prostate cancer. The patients were randomized to receive abiraterone acetate plus prednisone or a placebo plus prednisone each day. Treatment continued until the cancer progressed, there were unfavorable reactions, a new treatment was initiated or the patient withdrew from the trial.

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Believe it or not

Compressed air turns NZ trucker into human balloon
A New Zealand truck driver said he blew up like a balloon when he fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock and forced air into his body at 100 pounds a square inch. Steven McCormack was standing on his truck's foot plate Saturday when he slipped and fell, breaking a compressed air hose off an air reservoir that powered the truck's brakes.
He fell hard onto the brass fitting, which pierced his left buttock and started pumping air into his body. "I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot," he told local media from his hospital bed in the town of Whakatane, on North Island's east coast.
"I was blowing up like a football," he said. "I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon."
McCormack's workmates heard his screams and ran to him, quickly releasing a safety valve to stop the air flow, said Robbie Petersen, co-owner of the trucking company. He was rushed to the hospital with terrible swelling and fluid in one lung. Doctors said the air had separated fat from muscle in McCormack's body, but had not entered his bloodstream.
McCormack, 48, said his skin felt "like a pork roast" - crackling on the outside but soft underneath.


COMPUTER HINTS

On-Screen Keyboard (All Windows Versions)

The On-Screen Keyboard is an accessibility utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen that allows people with mobility impairments to type data by using a pointing device (like a mouse) or joystick. Besides providing a minimum level of functionality for some people with mobility impairments, On-Screen Keyboard can also help people who do not know how to type. And it also makes for a neat trick to show your friends and co-workers.

Here's how you do it:

If you're using Vista or Windows 7, click on the Windows button at the bottom left of your screen and type in osk in the box and hit Enter.

For everyone else, click on the Start button and select Run. Then type in osk in the box and click OK.

You can also access the On-Screen Keyboard in your Accessories folder. In Vista, it's in Accessories Ease of Access folder, and in older versions of Windows you can find it in the Accessories Accessibility folder.


DA.VA, and Veteran News

Vets Get $2.2 Billion in Agent Orange Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2011 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced yesterday that more than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits already has been paid to about 89,000 Vietnam veterans and their survivors who filed claims related to one of three new Agent Orange presumptive conditions.

On Aug. 31, 2010, the Veterans Affairs Department amended its regulations to add ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia and other chronic B-cell leukemias and Parkinson's disease to the list of diseases presumed to be related to exposure to Agent Orange.

According to the VA, Agent Orange is the name of a specific blend of herbicides used during the Vietnam era. The military sprayed millions of gallons on trees and vegetation that provided cover for enemy forces. Some Vietnam-era veterans were exposed to these herbicides. VA and many other government departments and agencies have conducted research studies on the possible health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. veterans.

VA has recognized certain cancers and other diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Veterans, veterans' children and survivors may be eligible for compensation benefits for these diseases and health care benefits.

During an Aug. 30 speech before members of the American Legion in Minneapolis, President Barack Obama pledged that the federal government will do all it can to support the nation's military veterans and their families.

"As the president said to the American Legion yesterday, VA is committed to ensuring veterans and their families receive the care and benefits they have earned, " Shinseki said yesterday. "I encourage all potentially eligible veterans to apply as soon as possible to preserve the most favorable effective date for payments."

For new claims, VA may authorize up to one year of retroactive benefits if veterans can demonstrate that they have experienced one of those conditions since the date of the regulatory change.

VA has reviewed, and continues to review, thousands of previously filed claims that may qualify for retroactive benefits under a long-standing court order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Nehmer vs. U.S. Veterans Administration.

"VA encourages survivors of veterans whose death may be due to one of the three diseases to file a claim for dependency and indemnity compensation," said Allison A. Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits.

Shinseki's decision to add these conditions to the list of Agent Orange presumptive conditions was based on a study by the Institute of Medicine. The study indicated a positive association between exposure to certain herbicides and the subsequent development of one or more of the three conditions.

Potentially eligible veterans include those who were exposed based on duty or visitation in Vietnam or on its inland waterways between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975; exposed along the demilitarized zone in Korea between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971; or exposed due to herbicide tests and storage at military bases within and outside of the United States.

The Agent Orange Claims Processing System website located at https://www.fasttrack.va.gov/AOFastTrack/ may be used to submit claims related to the three new presumptive conditions. The website makes it easy to electronically file a claim and allows veterans and their physicians to upload evidence supporting the claim. It also permits online viewing of claim status.

Beyond the three new presumptive disabilities, veterans may file online at VA's My-eBenefits website at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. People can check the status of their claim with a premium account, confirming their identity, and use a growing number of online services.

Service members may enroll in My-eBenefits by using their Common Access Card at any time during their military service, or before they leave during their Transition Assistance Program briefings. Veterans may also enroll through their myPay or MyHealtheVet accounts by visiting their local VA regional office or veteran service organization, or by calling 1-800-827-1000.

For more information about Agent Orange presumptives and disability compensation, go to http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/.

For questions about Agent Orange, veterans may call VA's Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3.

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The Most Dangerous Disease You’ve Never Heard About
Bob’s legs hurt. The pain was bad. So bad it made Bob do something he thought he’d do only in his worst nightmare. Give up golf. As he hauled his clubs up to the attic, he wondered about the pain in his calves and thighs. How come when he walked or climbed the stairs his legs hurt, but when he stopped or sat down, the pain went away?
To vascular specialists at the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Bob’s on-and-off pain wasn’t a mystery. It’s frequently the first symptom of a serious condition known as peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. One in five people over 70 may have it. PAD is a blockage of the arteries in the legs or less often, the arms. Bob had the classic symptoms of PAD: pain in the calves, thighs or buttocks that comes on with exertion and resolves within a few minutes of rest. But PAD can have other symptoms. Half the people who have it report fatigue, numbness, tightness or heaviness in the limb. Forty percent don’t mention leg problems at all (although they may have a mobility problem that prevents them from using their legs very much). Like coronary artery disease, you can have a severe case without serious symptoms.
Risk factors for PAD include smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise. Treatments begin with lifestyle changes, and may include blood thinning medications. Severe PAD may call for angioplasty or stenting. Even bypass surgery. Sadly, in some 2 percent of cases, it is necessary to amputate the limb.
Our golfer? He discussed his options, including angioplasty and surgery, in detail with his physician. He chose conservative therapy – medication and exercise. His physician prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication and a daily aspirin, and had a serious talk with him about smoking.
Six months later, spring was in the air and Bob was happy to take his golf clubs out of the attic. He could play a full 18 holes with only the mildest of symptoms. Quit smoking? Sure, if he had to. But quit golf? Not on your life.

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Military Retiree Pay Dates to Change
Defense Finance and Accounting Service

CLEVELAND, Sept. 6, 2011 - Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service changes its pay schedule to comply with the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act.
The 2011 NDAA requires military retiree pay to be processed on the first day of the month. When that day falls on a weekend or national holiday, the pay date is moved to the previous business day.
This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3, 2011 will be issued on Sept. 30, 2011 and payments normally scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, will be issued on Dec. 30, 2011. For the calendar year 2011, this means military retirees will receive 13 rather than the normal 12 payments.
The 13th payday on Dec. 30 falls within the 2011 tax year, which could affect the tax liability of some retirees and those who receive portions of their retired pay. Customers should speak with a tax advisor, the Internal Revenue Service or their state tax authority to determine if their tax withholding will satisfy federal and state income taxes when they file returns next year. DFAS cannot provide tax advice.
For tax year 2012 and beyond, retirees will receive their normal 12 payments.
This change affects regular retired pay, Concurrent retirement and disability pay and combat related special compensation. The new rule also applies to retiree allotments, garnishments and court-ordered former spouse and child support payments. It does not affect annuity payments.
If retirees need to make changes to their federal or state tax withholding, the quickest and most secure way to do so is through myPay. Available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, myPay enables eligible users around the world to make routine changes to their pay information, including tax withholding, that become effective within days.
Customers who cannot access myPay can change federal withholding amounts by completing a new IRS Form W-4 or W-4P, or change state withholding amounts using a DD 2866. These forms can be found on the DFAS web site, www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/forms.html, and should be mailed or faxed to the below address once completed:

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
U.S. Military Retired Pay
P.O. Box 7130
London, KY 40742-7130
Fax: 800-469-6559

It may take up to 30 days for changes to be made when mailing in a paper form.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service provides responsive, professional finance and accounting services to the men and women who defend America. DFAS pays about 6.4 million people and in FY 2010 made 8.1 million travel payments, paid 11.4 million commercial invoices, made $578 billion in disbursements to pay recipients, and managed $487.9 billion in military retirement and health benefits funds.

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Mullen: Personnel, Health Costs 'Not Sustainable'

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 22, 2011 - Acknowledging that changes are needed to deal with unsustainable personnel costs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized here last night that the United States can't break faith with military members and their families.
President Barack Obama recommended this week that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction form a commission to come up with a plan for a new, future retirement system, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.
That commission is expected to make recommendations as part of a plan to address the national debt that Mullen called "the No. 1 threat to our national security."
"We as a country have got to get a grip on that," he said, recognizing that the Pentagon, too, must do its part. That will require some difficult and well-thought out decisions that shape what kind of military the United States will have in the future, he said, and how large the force will be and what capabilities it will have.
A big part of that equation involves people -- and how they will be compensated. Mullen emphasized that there are no immediate plans to change the military retirement plan. Even if a change was to be made, he said, officials would press to have it "grandfathered," so people already serving continue to be covered by the current system. And, if the choice came down to prioritizing between retirees and those currently in uniform, Mullen said, "my priority is for those who are serving." "That doesn't mean that we do one and don't do the other," he told the midshipmen. "But that is my focus."
The United States has a "very well-compensated force," Mullen said, telling the future naval officers it's well deserved. "We are in two wars. We are dying for our country and we need to be well compensated," he said. "But it isn't infinite."
Personnel costs have soared 80 percent over the past 10 years, Mullen said. In addition, health-care costs skyrocketed from $19 billion in 2001 to $51 billion this year and are projected to reach $65 billion within four years. "That is not sustainable," he said. The full compensation package needs to be examined, Mullen said, including retirement pay, housing allowances, bonuses, health care and other benefits. "There are going to have to be some changes," the chairman said. The challenge is "to do it in a balanced ... and fair way."

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TRICARE Beneficiaries Save on Prescription Delivery, Vaccines

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2011 - Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan can obtain 90 days of home-delivered medication with no copayment and can get free vaccinations at participating pharmacies without seeing a doctor. These measures can make life a bit simpler for beneficiaries of the military health plan, Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.) Christine Hunter, TRICARE Management Activity's deputy director, said in an Aug. 26 interview. "We're trying to encourage people to use TRICARE's home delivery for a 90-day supply of generic medication, because by Oct. 1, there will be no copay," she said. Many people get their prescriptions filled at military treatment facilities, which remains "our referred place for people to go," Hunter said. No changes exist in the cost of prescriptions from military hospital pharmacies, she said. Some 70 percent of TRICARE beneficiaries obtain generic medications, and those kinds of medications will be home-delivered in a 90-day supply at no copayment, Hunter said.
For beneficiaries who use TRICARE pharmacies, however, the retail cost of generic medications will increase from $3 to $5 for a 30-day supply, Hunter said, and brand-name medications will increase from $9 to $12 for a 30-day supply. According to TRICARE's website, DOD established a uniform list of covered brand-name and generic drugs, as well as a third tier of drugs designated as "non-formulary." Prescriptions for non-formulary medications can be dispensed, but at higher cost to beneficiaries, unless the provider can establish medical necessity. Hunter said a one-month supply of a non- formulary medication will cost $25 at a TRICARE pharmacy. "So, it's always better to use TRICARE home delivery for any chronic medications," she said. Hunter suggested that people use home delivery "when they know they can tolerate a new medication, know they're going to be on it awhile, or it's something they've been taking."
The home delivery plan saves time and money for beneficiaries, and the government also benefits from the savings, Hunter noted. "When you get your medications through TRICARE home delivery, the government gets a volume discount," she explained. "And it's cheaper for our beneficiaries, because they get a 90-day supply for zero copay."
TRICARE's mail orders for prescriptions grew by about 10 percent in 2010, the admiral said. At the same time, she added, retail growth decreased about 3.9 percent, producing a medication savings of $30 million, and people received their medications more conveniently at home. In addition to prescription home-delivery savings, Hunter said, TRICARE offers beneficiaries seasonal flu shots, school vaccinations and other immunizations. Beneficiaries can get most of their vaccinations from participating TRICARE pharmacies, eliminating the need to schedule clinic appointments, Hunter said. "It's also a great time to update your family [vaccine] checklist so you keep everyone healthy," Hunter said. Many schools require an update on vaccines and immunizations before children return to school, she noted. Parents typically look at a tetanus booster and other immunizations for their children, she said, and the meningococcal vaccine for children going off to college. People who plan to travel might consider a hepatitis vaccine, she added. "Flu shots are recommended for just about everybody these days, and are available at our TRICARE pharmacies," Hunter said. "But what people might not know is the pertussis [whooping cough] vaccine is recommended for more and more adults, especially for those with small children." In the past year or so, Hunter and her staff began to make a limited number of vaccines available at TRICARE pharmacies for flu shots, the influenza A [subtype H1N1] virus, and the pneumonia vaccine. TRICARE provided 300,000 vaccines that first year, she said, and the program has expanded to all immunizations normally covered under the TRICARE preventive medicine benefit with no copayment. Some limitations exist, Hunter noted. Pharmacy participation varies, some facilities stock only certain vaccines, and some don't immunize children. Others provide vaccinations only on certain days and times, she explained.
"Call ahead to make sure they have the vaccine, and if someone's there to give it," Hunter said. "There is no copay. It is part of TRICARE's preventive care, and we want people to be able to get it conveniently and easily." The admiral also suggested going to TRICARE's website to find participating pharmacies by area.

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Veteran Charities Update
Veterans call it disgraceful. Former state Sen. Dan Gelber wants to make it a felony. The problem, men dressed in military fatigues at intersections and grocery stores, soliciting donations for veterans. Real military vets say non-veterans dressed in fatigues are fooling the public into donating money. Senate Bill 1824 - which earned a 10-0 vote in the committee - would make it a felony to misrepresent oneself as a veteran or member of the U.S. Armed forces in order to collect donations from the public. In many of Florida's major cities, paid solicitors asking motorists and shoppers for contributions, are dressed in military combat uniforms and stationed on street corners and at retail stores. "This is a critical first step toward passage, and I thank my colleagues for joining me in standing up for our veterans all across Florida," Gelber said. "The unanimous vote just goes to show that impersonating our veterans for personal enrichment won't be tolerated." The bill next heads to the senate criminal justice committee for a hearing. "Why do they need to wear the uniform? We are furious," Don Rickard, Treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 133, told Miami TV Channel 10's reporter Jeff Weinsier. "It galls me. Words can't describe it," said Harry Ahrens with The Veterans of Foreign Wars. "Do you get any money? How much money do you get?" Weinsier asked "Brian," a non-veteran who was wearing fatigues and soliciting on Hillsboro Boulevard and Federal Highway for an organization called Veterans in Need Foundation. "Sir, I have no comment," the man replied.Weinsier asked Josh Riley, the Chief Operating Officer for the foundation, how much money collected actually goes to veterans. "We don't have a figure to give to the public at this time," Riley said. An internet check revealed Veterans In Need Foundation located at 2303 W Mcnab Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 Tel: (954) 941-1919 is a private company categorized under Veterans' and Military Organizations. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $81,000 and employs a staff of approximately 3.
[Source: http://www.local10.com/news/22813479/detail.html article 15 Mar 2010 & VFW Post 2391 Incident report 25 Jul 2011 ++]

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VA Presumptive VN Vet Diseases Update 18: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) submitted Amendment #564 to MilCon/VA Spending Bill (H.R.2055) to change the manner in which presumptive disabilities related to exposure to Agent Orange would be determined. If approved it would have significantly restrict benefits to Vietnam veterans. Currently Vietnam veterans are presumed to be exposed to Agent Orange if they have certain conditions or diseases after the VA determines that a positive association exists between the exposure and the occurrence of the disease. Congress chose this mechanism because it is nearly impossible for Vietnam veterans to prove that exposure to Agent Orange caused their disease. The senator wanted to require veterans to prove a positive connection between Agent Orange exposure and one or more of the 15 presumptive illnesses that the VA now recognizes. Requiring a "causal relationship" would essentially have meant that VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure would have been out of reach for many Vietnam veterans that were exposed to the Agent Orange herbicide.
Now that the VA Secretary has determined he had the scientific evidence required to recognize the disabilities, Coburn wanted a change in presumptive rules presumable as a cost saving measure to balance the budget. Fortunately, On 20 JUL the Senate voted on Coburn‘s amendment and defeated it by a vote of 69-30. The 30 Senators who voted for the amendment were: Alexander (R-TN) | Barrasso (R-WY) | Blunt (R-MO) | Chambliss (R-GA) | Coats (R-IN) | Coburn (R-OK) | Cochran (R-MS) | Corker (R-TN) | Cornyn (R-TX) | Crapo (R-ID) | DeMint (R-SC) | Enzi (R-WY) | Graham (R-SC) | Hatch (R-UT) | Hutchison (R-TX) | Johnson (R-WI) | Kirk (R-IL) | Kyl (R-AZ) | Lee (R-UT) | Lugar (R-IN) | McCain (R-AZ) | McConnell (R-KY) | Paul (R-KY) | Portman (R-OH) | Risch (R-ID) | Sessions (R-AL) | Shelby (R-AL) | Toomey (R-PA) | Vitter (R-LA) | Wicker (R-MS). Veterans who would have been impacted by this amendment are encouraged to take time to thank those Senators who voted in favor of veterans, as well as to let those who voted for the amendment know their disappointment that they would try to balance the budget on the backs of disabled veterans.
[Source: VFW & FRA Action Alerts 20 Jul 2011 ++]


WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Thanks to Danny Horn for this weeks Inspiration. BB

The Bridge, The Bear, and God<

This bridge is on the Old Donner Pass Highway. It has a spectacular view of Donner Lake and Donner Pass on Route 40.
A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge ( Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit , Truckee ) on Saturday when two cars, also Crossing the bridge, scared the bear into jumping over the Edge of the bridge. Somehow the bear caught the ledge And was able to pull itself to safety.

Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.

After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, Fell into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.

There is a moral to this story; this old bear made A wrong move and found he was hanging by his nails. Somehow He was able to pull himself up onto the ledge where he saw he Was in a very bad, impossible situation and what did he do? Yep, he took a nap and sure enough, God took care of the Situation while he was asleep. The moral of the story is that when confronted with a bad Situation, sometimes the best solution is to take a nap and Let God take care of the rest. I think I'm going to take a nap right now. God is on the job. Hugs, Prayers and Sweet Dreams.


Thats all the news for this week. Check back next Saturday. Thanks, Ole' Bill

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